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Does your lipstick contain lead?

by Jennie Fresa |

Haven't heard about health concerns and lipstick before?Here's the back story. Beginning in 2007, the Food and Drug Administration and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics began researching lead in lipstick. Seriously! They found that 61 percent of 33 popular lipstick brands tested positive for lead. We're talking brands like Maybelline, L'Oreal, NARS, Cover Girl, Avon, and Revlon. An expanded study in 2010 by the FDA found lead in over 400 different lipsticks. And it's not just lead to be wary of, they found toxic metals like chromium, aluminum, and manganese. Then in 2012 the FDA tested several hundred lipsticks from 20 popular brands, and every one tested positive for lead. Every single one! 

Experts agree that there's no safe level for lead. Low amounts can cause weakness, increases in blood pressure, and anemia. Higher amounts can severely damage the brain, kidneys, and other organs - and it can be life threatening. The European Union prohibits lead in cosmetics, Canada limits its use in cosmetics, and the US? Cricket, cricket. Following these studies, the FDA did pass a guidance to makeup manufactures recommending that cosmetic lip products and externally applied cosmetics not contain more than 10 ppm lead as an impurity. But don't you believe your lips deserve better? Lead has no place in products applied to your lips or anywhere else on your body!

Until manufacturers eliminate lead contamination or require lipstick users to inform you of its presence (yes, they don't need to disclose it!!), you should be wary. It's so important to have a resource that carefully curates your beauty products to ensure they're not only well-performing, but safe!
  • All products are tested by our founder + beauty expert, Jennie Fresa, first to ensure exceptional quality
  • We look for high performing naturals that deliver great results
  • Our products are all free of harmful ingredients and toxic chemicals. No paragons, synthetic fragrance, PEGS, Glycols, or formaldehydes 
  • We aim to work with founders who are just as passionate about safe cosmetics as we are. 
  • We love furry friends and don't accept products that harm them in any way. 
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ILIA Lipstick combines organic ingredients with contemporary colors blended into a creamy semi-matte finish. Mix with ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioners to moisten lips and revive color in between application.
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